Millennials’ Readiness for Retirement – A 2019 Update

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The brief’s key findings are:

  • A prior CRR study found that, in 2016, Millennials lagged behind Gen Xers and Late Boomers in retirement preparedness.
  • New data for 2019 show that Millennials are catching up in the labor market and in getting married and buying houses.
  • However, despite also having similar retirement saving, Millennials’ huge student debt burden still leaves them well behind prior cohorts in wealth accumulation.
  • This slower wealth buildup is of particular concern as Millennials will need more than prior cohorts due to longer lifespans and less support from Social Security.